Positano was always high up on my list of places to travel to. I always saw picture perfect images of umbrellas lined up on the beach and felt pulled in with thoughts stirring of gelato and delicious Italian food looking out at boats in the distance and a gorgeous scenic view of the coast. A lot of our travels pop up last minute for work/play (we also love being spontaneous like that) and last month we were lead to this magical place! It truly was spectacular and I am so excited to break everything down, from where we stayed, to what we did and where we ate below because you all need to go visit!
HOW TO GET TO POSITANO:
There are a few different ways to get to the coast, depending on flights out of where you live. We did a direct flight from Toronto to Rome (would have loved to have had one straight to Naples, but we couldn’t find one). Then we flew Alitalia from Rome to Naples! We got a private driver to pick us up from the airport in Naples to drive us in (took about an hour, in the summer with traffic and more tourists this could take longer) to Positano. We did the Amalfi Coast last year with a cruise and had a tour bus (which was pretty scary on the cliffs), so we were relieved to have a private driver. We used the service Jack The Driver (thanks to my friend Haley for the recommendation) and they were kind, professional and reasonably priced for us. Max drove us in and he had so many awesome restaurant recommendations for us! If you get him, tell him we say hi!
WHERE WE STAYED:
I found our Homeaway Rental from my friend Caitlin who stayed there last year and had nothing but good things to say. These can be hit or miss, so I was grateful that it turned out great! We were located right beside the famous hotel Le Sirenuse (which is amazing to stay, but also starts at $1000 euros/night so it wasn’t in our budget). We had the same view as them, and the location was absolutely perfect because it was 5 minutes to the beach (you even have a private staircase to avoid crowds to get down there) and central to all of the restaurants we wanted to go to! If you stay at the very top of the hill in Positano I am warning you, it’s pretty brutal walking wise. Even where we stayed, there was a lot of walking involved, but it was still such a relief to be so central. Take this into consideration when booking your stay. Pietropaolo was our host at the Homeway – such a friendly, kind man who had fresh Italian sweets waiting for us to enjoy for breakfast. His rental would be perfect to do with a group of 4 people (there’s two bedrooms), and the view was just INCREDIBLE from our balcony. It was honestly the perfect place to stay and a much more reasonable rate (we payed roughly $200 euro/night).
WHERE WE ATE (OUR FAVES):
Max Restaurant: Quick walk from our Homeway tucked away and romantic!
Da Vincenzo:Â Order the eggplant parmesan (the best thing ever on the menu)
Le Sirenuse:Â We had drinks on the terrace here and it was gorgeous for a sunset view! They also bring out snacks for you when you order cocktails (like delicious olives, nuts etc.)
Hotel Il San Pietro di Positano: The shuttle bus will come get you from the hotel to bring you up to this stunning property. I highly recommend having drinks on the terrace before dinner. We had the most delicious white asparagus soup (I know that sounds random but it was to die for – more of this experience in Vlog #2 coming later this week).
Case E Bottega: If you want a break from all the pasta and pizza (which trust me you won’t because it’s delicious) hit up this trendy, organic, health focused spot! You can get yummy gluten free banana pancakes, smoothies, acai bowls, almond milk cappuccinos and more! We loved it for breakfast!
Chez Black: If you want an infamous heart shaped pizza and a great view of the beach/people watching, get a seat at this place!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Head to the beach:Â Get there early to find a great spot (it costs roughly $20 euros), bring your own beach towel and some snacks (like fresh fruit) from a local market and enjoy your day here!
Gelato Tasting: Try out a new place each day! We loved Bucca di Bacco!
Path of The Gods Hike (Total: 4 Hours): If we had more days here we would have done this, I’ve seen photos from others that completed it and it was worth the views!
Ferry to Amalfi or Capri: The best think about the Amalfi Coast is that you can island hop! We did this last year on a cruise, so this time we just hung out on Positano only! This can cost $12 euro for a round trip per person!
Drive to Ravello: When we go back to the Amalfi Coast, we definitely want to hit up Ravello! So much beauty to be seen here too.
Sunset Boat Ride: You can rent a private boat to take you around to see the view of Positano Coast from the water – it is absolutely breathtaking.
Da Adolfo: Water taxi to this incredible restaurant and private beach for a fun day trip! It wasn’t open when we went, but if you go from June onward, you’ll get to experience it.
Santa Maria Church: I love going inside old churches, admiring the beauty, sitting in quiet and praying. Catholic churches always have open holy water you can bless yourself with (it’s one of my favourite things on earth to do whenever I travel).
MORE TRAVEL POSTS: HEREÂ & Part 2 of the Vlog down below!
17 responses to “POSITANO TRAVEL DIARY”
Such a lovely place <3
It truly is magical.
Your vlog was so much fun Steph! I absolutely loved it, and your photos are amazing as always! I love the way you and Neal produce content, you’re both incredible at it! Thanks for all the wanderlust inspo for Positano!
I hope youâ€™re having a lovely Tuesday,
Thanks Michael! We so appreciate that! You have to visit Positano one day 🙂
Im going there next week! I am so excited !! Thank you for your recommendations! I love all your content! its so pleasing to the eye!
Amazing! Stay tuned for Part 2, more recommendations coming your way 🙂 you’re going to love it!!
Loved watching every minute of your vlog! What kind of camera do you use? The quality is amazing!
Hi Steph, I love your vlogs on Positano! I was watching one episode and you were about to mention the type of camera you were using but then started talking about Neal’s big camera lol. Can you share what camera you use and if you mount it on a selfie/ tripod stick with a gimble? Your shots are so steady and look gorg.
Just posted this on my YouTube! Go check it out 🙂 xoxo
Thank you so much for sharing! I must ask (since I will be heading to Italy twice this year (SO excited!)) Did you purchase a power adapter for your hair tools or did you purchase a European curling iron? Thank you!!
I look forward to visiting some of these amazing spots when we are there! xx
Yes! You have to bring adapters for Europe 🙂 xoxo
Stephanie I loved your beautiful VLOG. My partner and I are headed to the Amalfi coast in late September and everything you presented in your vlog was amazing. I wish I knew how to do it myself, I have a great phone, and also a go pro just wish I wasn’t so intimidated to use them. Neal is also a very handsome fellow and I love his voice he sounds like he could be great at broadcasting. you are gorgeous and I loved your style, you truly seem genuine and because of your love of Positano I am beyond excited for out trip !
Hello! I am traveling to Positano next month and staying in the same HomeAway and using the same car service per the recommendations in your video! I have a few questions if you don’t mind. Random – but do you remember if there was there a hair dryer in the apartment? And is there a bus/shuttle area near the HomeAway if we wanted to go to Sorrento for a day?
Hi Haley! This is so exciting!! You’re going to love your stay so much. I do believe there was a hair dryer in the bathroom, yes 🙂 Pietropaolo can confirm as well, he’s very kind and responsive on the Homeaway app. There are buses and boats that can take you to Capri, Sorrento etc. all in the area so not to worry! You an also book Jack The Driver for a day excursion if you’re more comfortable with that as well! Enjoy!! xoxo
Hi! Where can I access the presets you use :_)
My compliments to you and Neal on the vlogs:) Amazing imagery and a lot of great info and tips! I’m staying 4 days in Positano in October, and actually booked the same property via Home Away.
Just had one question…the owner asked for the balance of the booking to be paid in cash and in person instead of paying it online. Plus he asked for a refundable security, cash deposit of 250 Euro. Did you do that too? I just want to make sure I follow the right procedures and don’t make any costly mistakes . Can you give me a little peace of mind? Thanks for your help in advance!
It’s my first time booking on a platform like this internationally, and I just wanted to make sure everything
Yes we did the same 🙂 pietropaolo is a great guy! I had no issues with him.